Uroleptus (you-row-lep-tuss) an elongate hypotrich ciliate usually associated with sands and other sediments. With a curt adoral zone of membranelles at the anterior end, and a very long thin body with numerous cirri (clusters of cilia) with which the cell moves. Contractile. Phase contrast micrograph. This picture was taken by David Patterson of material from Limulus-ridden sediments at Plum Island (Massachusetts USA) in spring and summer, 2001. Image copyright: D. J. Patterson, image used under license to MBL (micro*scope).
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Plum Island, Massachusetts coast, USA
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